Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been selected by Malaysia's leading mobile operator, Maxis Communications Berhad (Maxis), to expand and upgrade its WCDMA/HSPA network enabling the operator to provide wireless residential broadband services to major cities and towns on mainland Malaysia.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will supply, integrate and deploy radio access network equipment and deliver radio optimization services. The contract includes Ericsson's latest HSPA software, enabling speeds of up to 14.4Mbps in the downlink and up to 1.4Mbps in the uplink, allowing Maxis to enhance its broadband service quality and speed. Implementation has commenced and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
End users in areas that were previously without broadband access will be able to experience high-speed internet connections allowing seamless downloads of audio, video and large files.
Jon Eddy, Chief Operating Officer at Maxis, says: "We are aiming to expand our broadband footprint through this high-quality network while also supporting the government's national broadband plan. Maxis broadband is now widely available in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru. By extending our broadband services to more areas, we can address the shortage of residential broadband access while making broadband affordable and reliable. Ericsson is a strong partner in helping us to realize these ambitions, including our aim to become a major broadband player in the country."
Krishna Kumar, President of Ericsson Malaysia, says: "Ericsson is proud to support Maxis and believes that the HSPA network providing wireless residential broadband will play a significant role in meeting broadband access needs in Malaysia. HSPA provides the fastest and most cost-effective solution for operators that want to offer broadband services and will deliver end users an enhanced experience with competitive pricing."
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About Maxis Group
The Maxis Group is the region's emerging mobile telecommunications Group serving nearly 14 million customers as of end March 2007. It has operations in Malaysia, India through subsidiary, Aircel Limited, and Indonesia through PT Natrindo Telepon Seluler.
The Group has a 5,000 strong workforce and its vision is to be a 'Regional Communications Leader of Choice' by delivering service excellence and innovative solutions that bring people together. For more information, please visit www.maxis.com.my